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Vitamins

A group of organic substances essential for normal metabolism; growth and development; and regulation of a cell function. Vitamins are essential to life and cannot be made in the body. Their function is usually regulatory rather than structural. Vitamins are obtained from food, though some are ingested in their precursor or “provitamin” form and convened to active substances within the body. Vitamins are distinguished as either water-soluble (the B and C vitamins), or fat-soluble (A, D, E, K, and beta-carotene). The latter require protein carriers in the blood and are stored in the liver and fatty tissues.

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Minerals

Minerals are inorganic elements that come from the soil and water and are absorbed by plants or eaten by animals. All tissues and internal fluids of our body contain varying quantities of minerals. Minerals are constituents of the bones, teeth, soft tissue, muscle, blood, and nerve cells. They are vital to the overall mental and physical well-being. Minerals act as catalysts for many biological reactions within the body, including muscle response, the transmission of messages through the nervous system, the production of hormones, digestion, and the utilization of nutrients in foods.

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Supplements

Supplements are a combination of organic and inorganic substances and nutrients that are introduced into the human body to enhance health, physical growth, or performance. Common supplements are vitamins, minerals, and herbs or proteins (in drinks, powders and bars). Supplements usually come in form of pills, liquids, powders containing per serving quantities greater than 50% above the standard considered sufficient for healthy people.

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Herbs

Herbs are plant or plant parts valued for medicinal, savory, or aromatic qualities. They contain a variety of substances that act upon the body. Herbs have been applied to virtually every disease and condition of humankind. Herbs consist of leaves (fresh or dry), bark, berries, roots, gums, seeds, stems and flowers.

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